Introduction: DIY Frame for Artwork

Are your cheap? Do you like art? Is it raining outside? Got a little extra free time? Here's proof that just about anything can be recycled creatively!

Step 1: Step 1: Gather Supplies

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Framing Material
    • I used a shiny bubblewrap material that matched the artwork, but these instructions can be modified for any similar material including sturdy fabrics or papers. You never know what you'll find laying around the house (or classroom)!

Step 2: Step 2: Cut Material

Whatever you decide to use as your framing material, make sure it's cut to the size of the artwork/whatever size you'd like the frame to be. I chose to use the bubblewrap as-is, so I cut to separate the layers.

Step 3: Step 3: Size Your Artwork

You'll need to cut the frame to the appropriate size, so trace the outline of the artwork on the back of the frame. Alternatively, you can measure the artwork and use the measurements to guide your framing- whatever is easiest for you!

Step 4: Step 4: Measure the Frame Size

Using your ruler, measure about 2-inches outside of the traced line. This will create the border for the frame, so you can most easily cut the frame as well as the inside portion, ensuring a consistent thickness.

Feel free to change the thickness however you see fit!

Step 5: Step 5: Cut the Frame Following the Traced and Measured Lines

Cut along the inside edges of the lines, so your artwork stays securely in the frame!

Step 6: Step 6: Tape Your Artwork Into Place

In the spirit of ease and cost efficiency, tape your artwork to the back of the frame securely. I found that 2 inch pieces held most effectively.

If you are truly looking for a simple and easy way to frame artwork, you may hang the frame as is. The backing portion of these instructions are to create a more finished feel to this homemade frame.

Step 7: Step 7: Add Backing (optional)

To make sure your artwork stays securely within your frame use leftover material scraps (again, any heavier paper or fabric would work as well) to create a backing.

You can measure the frame and artwork to get an exact cut, but just eye-balling the cut works well as long as it covers the entire backside of the art and part of the frame.

Cut the backing to size and tape it over the art and frame.

Voila! You have got yourself a frame that is just as unique as the art within it!

Share your ingenuity with friends, family, and maybe even your local elementary school!

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